Season 18 of the UFC’s reality fight show “TUF” gets underway this coming September 4th and it promises to be an exciting season.
Premiering on a new Network (FOX Sports 1) and a new night (Wednesdays), the show will bring together (for the first time) a house full of male and female (bantamweight) fighters, and as led by two female coaches (Ronda Rousey & Miesha Tate).
With 32 fighters being called and only 16 advancing into the house, the show should be interesting enough simply based on the fact that it’s a mix of male and female fighters. However, add in the legitimate dislike that the two coaches have for one another and a dash of Bryan "Kid Lightning" Caraway, Tate’s long-time boyfriend and Rousey’s #1 man in the UFC to hate, and we might not only end-up with some decent fights to watch, but also some real drama; drama that has lacked in the past few season and which was something that Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen failed to deliver (under much hype) last year.
Of the show that he’s produced and will air, UFC President Dana White stated:
"This season of 'The Ultimate Fighter' was monumental, as we had women as coaches and competitors – fighting and living together with the men – for the first time ever. Obviously the fierce rivalry between Ronda and Miesha is going to get everyone's attention, but it doesn't take away from their dedication and success as coaches and the level of talent this season. One of the things that always makes “The Ultimate Fighter” great is the fights, and this season continues to deliver. Since we added the women's division earlier this year, they've been putting on awesome fights, and the streak continues on the show, giving the men some serious competition and setting up some fight-of-the-night worthy battles."
For my money, I’m guessing that TUF will deliver this year and will be well worth the view and as such, could well draw back some audience (myself included) that it has lost over the past few seasons.
The full cast list is as follows:
Sarah Moras (3-1), 25, Kelowna, Canada
Valerie Letourneau (4-3), 30, Canada
Laura Howarth (4-0), 26, England
Shayna Baszler (15-8), 33, United States
Revelina Berto (3-1), 24, United States
Jessamyn Duke (2-1), 27, United States
Tonya Evinger (11-6), 32, United States
Tara LaRosa (21-3), 35, United States
Bethany Marshall (4-1), 25, United States
Peggy Morgan (2-0), 33, United States
Gina Mazany (3-0), 25, United States
Roxanne Modafferi (15-10), 30, United States
Julianna Pena (4-2), 24, United States
Raquel Pennington (3-3), 24, United States
Jessica Rakoczy (1-3), 36, United States
Colleen Schneider (4-3), 31, United States
Louis Fisette (6-1), 23, Canada
Josh Hill (9-0), 26, Canada
Patrick Holohan (9-0-1), 25, Ireland
Davey Grant (8-1), 27, England
Michael Wooten (6-0), 24, England
Emil Hartsner (4-0), 23, Sweden
Chris Beal (7-0), 28, United States
Cody Bollinger (14-3), 22, United States
Rafael Freitas (6-0-1), 29, United States
Tim Gorman (9-2), 30, United States
Anthony Gutierrez (4-0), 22, United States
Chris Holdsworth (4-0), 25, United States
Sirwan Kakai (9-1), 23, United States
Danny Martinez (18-4), 28, United States
Matt Munsey (4-1), 26, United States
Lee Sandmeier (9-0), 30, United States